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Contents 



Greetings from the Secretary of Health and Human Services 2 

Greetings from the Administrator of the Health Resources and 

Services Administration 3 

Overview of the Agency 4 

The HRSA Mission 5 

The Organization of HRSA 6 

Programmatic Responsibilities of the Bureaus 8 

The Bureau of Health Professions 8 

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau 10 

The Bureau of Primary Health Care 12 

The HIV/AIDS Bureau 14 

Components of the Office of the Administrator 15 

Types of HRSA Awards 17 

Select HRSA Awards to HBCUs 18 

HRSA Resources and Contacts 20 



Greetings from the 

Secretary of Health and Human Services 



I am extremely pleased to be a part 
of an administration so strongly 
committed to supporting and further 
developing the programs offered at his- 
torically Black colleges and universities 
(HBCUs). Over the years, HBCUs have 
touched the lives of many citizens from 
disadvantaged and minority populations, 
through higher education and community 
service. Interestingly, the Health Re- 
sources and Services Administration 
(HRSA), an operating division of the 
U.S. Department of Health and Human 
Services (DHHS), has been mandated to 
protect the health of these same popula- 
tions. Given this similar focus, by both 

HRSA and HBCUs, it is mutually beneficial that partnerships be formed to more fully address the primary health 
care needs of those within the minority and disadvantaged populations, who are vulnerable and at-risk. While 
HRSA is proud of its record of assistance and support to HBCUs, the agency is actively exploring ways to make 
a greater contribution to these institutions of higher education. In fact, it is in the best interest of the Nation that 
partnership formation between HBCUs and HRSA be strengthened and broadened. Accordingly, this might be 
accomplished through greater involvement of HBCUs in the programmatic activities of HRSA. Such involve- 
ment can range from HRSA scholarship and fellowship funds for needy students majoring in the health sciences 
to funding for the development of community service programs. 

To assist HBCUs in becoming more familiar with the organization and programs of HRSA, this brochure 
has been prepared. Hopefully, through a review of the document, HBCUs will increase their awareness of the 
many opportunities within HRSA, to which the vast capabilities of their institutions might be applied. 




Donna E. Shalala 

Secretary 

I '..V. Department of Health and Human Services 



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Greetings from the 

Administrator of the Health Resources and 
Services Administration 



As in the past, the tradition 
continues today: historically 
Black colleges and univer- 
sities (HBCUs) provide their students 
with a quality education, prepare and 
encourage them to pursue advanced 
degrees, and instill in them the virtues 
of community service. Further. 
HBCUs have been a training ground 
for many of our national leaders and 
prominent citizens. Considering that 
the Health Resources and Services 
Administration (HRSA) and HBCUs 
have similar missions, with respect to 
serving disadvantaged and minority 
populations, it is natural that partner- 
ships be developed between these two 
entities. Toward this end. HRSA is 
intent on contributing to the success 
of HBCUs, by ensuring their partici- 
pation to the fullest extent possible in all of our programs. While the programmatic opportunities within HRSA 
are quite varied, we strongly encourage the proactive pursuance of these opportunities by HBCUs. 

To learn more about the programmatic opportunities within HRSA. this brochure has been prepared spe- 
cifically for HBCUs. It is hoped that the information contained within, will significantly assist HBCUs in their 
efforts to become more involved with the programs of HRSA. Further information about the programs and 
funding opportunities at HRSA can be obtained from the contact persons and references indicated on the last 
page of this brochure. We, at HRSA. look forward to continuing our work with HBCUs. 




Claude Earl Fox, M.D.. M.P.H. 
Administrator 

Health Resources and Services Administration 



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Overview of the Agency 



The Health Resources and Services Administration, established in 1982, brought together sev- 
eral existing programs to provide national leadership in health care and public health. Today, the 
agency administers more than 80 separate programs, employs over 2,000 people, and has a budget 
which exceeds $3 billion. In carrying out its mission 
of helping to provide health resources for medically 
underserved and special-need populations, HRSA sup- 
ports a nationwide network of over 600 community and 
migrant health centers, in addition to primary care pro- 
grams for the homeless and residents of public hous- 
ing. 

The programmatic operations of HRSA are vast 
and far-reaching, serving over 8 million people each 
year. Some of the major programs administered by 
HRSA include: health professions training, oversight 
of the national organ transplantation system, provi- 
sion of services to people with HIV/AIDS, and ef- 
forts to improve child health and reduce infant mor- 
tality. Additionally, HRSA supports the National 
Health Service Corps, a program designed to pro- 
vide health professionals to communities where a 
shortage exists for such personnel. In general, it is 
the aim of HRSA to increase the quality, diversity, 
and capacity of the health care workforce, in an ef- 
fort to meet the primary health care needs of vulner- 
able populations. 





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The HRSA Mission 



The primary mission of the Health Resources and Ser- 
vices Administration is to direct national programs which 
improve the health of the Nation, by assuring quality health 
care to underserved. vulnerable and special-need popula- 
tions, and by promoting education and practice in primary 
care and public health. Central to this mission are HRSA's 
efforts to develop and manage programs which meet the 
health care needs of citizens neglected by or deprived of 
private health services. The following eight key activities 
are focused on by HRSA. in carrying out its mission: 

• Forming academic, community, and educational part- 
nerships. 

• Bringing underprivileged, uninsured, rural and chroni- 
callv ill citizens into the mainstream of manaaed care. 



Working with states to improve health care delivery to 
all who are disadvantaged, underserved or have special 
needs. 

Building community-based health infrastructures 
through a coalition of citizens and health care providers 
to test, evaluate and replicate models of cooperative care. 

Enhancing services for populations living with HIV/ 
AIDS. 

Assuring access to care for women and children and 
working to decrease infant mortality. 

Monitoring the health status of populations living along 
the U.S. -Mexican border. 



Utilizing technological advances to enhance the com- 
petence and skills of health care providers in the U.S. 




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The Organization of HRSA 



The Health Resources and Services Administration is 
often referred to as the Action Agency, because of its proac- 
tive focus on providing access to primary health care for 
the vulnerable populations of the Nation. To support this 
designation, and to fully meet the objectives of its mission, 
HRSA is organized into the following four major bureaus: 

• The Bureau of Health Professions 
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau 

• The Bureau of Primary Health Care 

• The HIV/AIDS Bureau 



While the majority of the programmatic activities within 
HRSA are carried out by the four bureaus, identified above, 
within the Office of the Administrator, such activities are 
also implemented by three other organized units: the Office 
of Rural Health Policy, (ORHP), the Center for Managed 
Care (CMC), and the Office of Planning, Evaluation and 
Legislation (OPEL). It should be noted that the ORHP has 
responsibility for rural primary health care issues for all of 
DHHS; however, it has been organizationally placed in 
HRSA, and, in effect, operates as a bureau. Accordingly, 
through the ORHP, the views of rural constituencies are ex- 
pressed within all of the Federal sector. The National Advi- 
sory Committee on Rural Health is also provided adminis- 
trative support by the ORHP. The relationship of the ORHP 
with the four HRSA bureaus, and their divisions, is illus- 
trated in the organizational structure on the next page. 




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Programmatic Responsibilities of the Bureaus 



The Bureau of Health Professions 



It is the primary responsibility of the Bureau of Health 
Professions (BHPr) to monitor and guide the development 
of health resources to carry out its mission, by providing 
leadership to improve the education, training, distribution, 
utilization, supply and quality of the Nation's health per- 
sonnel. Operation of the various BHPr programs is carried 
out by the following divisions: (I ) Associated, Dental and 
Public Health Professions; (2) Medicine; (3) Nursing; (4) 
Student Assistance; (5) Quality Assurance; (6) Vaccine In- 
jury Compensation; and (7) Disadvantaged Assistance. Ad- 
ditionally, two offices have support responsibilities for BHPr 
activities: the offices of Program Support and Research and 
Planning. 

Grants of particular interest to HBCUs, that are funded 
by the Bureau of Health Professions include: 

• The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP), 
which provides funds to colleges and universities to 
develop programs for students from disadvantaged 
backgrounds, who have an interest in pursuing careers 



in the health and allied health professions. HCOP awards 
may be used for recruitment, preliminary education, fa- 
cilitating entry, retention, and financial aid information 
dissemination. 

The Centers of Excellence, which assists health profes- 
sions schools in supporting programs of excellence in 
health education for minority students, who are pursu- 
ing careers in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medi- 
cine, dentistry, and pharmacy. 

The Nursing Education Opportunities for Individuals 
from Disadvantaged Backgrounds program, which pro- 
vides funds to defray the costs of special projects to 
increase nursing education opportunities for this popu- 
lation. Special projects can include recruitment and re- 
tention of nursing students, counseling services, dis- 
seminating information regarding sources of financial 
aid and providing assistance to faculty members to en- 
hance their efforts to retain nursing students. 




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• The Nursing Special Projects Grant, which provides 
funds to improve nursing practice through projects that 
increase the knowledge and skills of nursing person- 
nel, enhance their effectiveness in primary health care 
delivery, and increase the number of licensed profes- 
sional nurses. 

Additional grants funded by BHPr which HBCUs may wish 
to pursue are: 

• Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, which pro- 
vide funds to eligible schools of medicine, dentistry, 
optometry, pharmacy, podiatry, veterinary medicine, 
clinical psychology, public health, nursing, and allied 
health. Bachelor degree programs in nursing are given 
special consideration. 

• Implementation of Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwifery 
Programs to fund the costs of maintaining or expand- 
ing established programs or to develop and operate new 
projects which prepare nurse practitioners to provide 
primary health care. 

• Allied Health Project Grants, which provide funds to 
establish new programs or expand existing programs. 
Applicants are encouraged to creatively apply the grant 
funds to projects that will increase the number of stu- 
dents trained in allied health professions. 





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The Maternal and Child Health Bureau 



The primary responsibility of the 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau 
(MCHB) is to promote and improve 
the health of mothers, infants, chil- 
dren and adolescents, including fami- 
lies with low income levels, those 
with diverse racial and ethnic heri- 
tages, and those living in rural or iso- 
lated areas without adequate access 
to health care. The MCHB is orga- 
nized into four major divisions: (1) 
Maternal, Infant, Child and Adoles- 
cent Health; (2) Services for Children 
with Special Needs; (3) Science, Edu- 
cation and Analysis; and (4) Healthy 
Start. Programs funded and admin- 
istered by these divisions include: 




The Healthy Start Program, which aims to reduce in- 
fant mortality and improve access to and use of prena- 
tal and infant care services in communities with high 
infant mortality rates. To assist community-based orga- 
nizations; professional, academic, and provider organi- 
zations; and, the general public, with their Healthy Start 
activities, a National Resource Center is supported by 



the MCHB. The Center mainly focuses on library and 
research development, dissemination, communication, 
and continuing education. The MCHB solicits applica- 
tions from public or nonprofit institutions of higher 
learning for a variety of programs. This includes Long 
Term Training Grants that prepare health professionals 
for leadership roles in their respective areas. 




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• The MCHB Nursing Program, which supports gradu- 
ate training in maternal and child health nursing, that 
prepares nursing professionals for leadership roles in 
the care of women and children in community health 
programs or higher education. 

• LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodeyelopmental 
and Related Disabilities), a program designed to im- 
prove the health status of infants and children with or 
at risk for neurodevelopmental disabilities. The LEND 
education program also encourages integration of local, 
state, private and non-profit supported services and com- 
munity-based partnerships to maximize health resources. 

• Maternal and Child Health Research Grants, which are 
awarded to encourage applied research in maternal and 
child health, the findings of which might be readily uti- 
lized by health care delivery programs. 

• The MCHB Nutrition Program, which provides leader- 
ship training to nutrition professionals preparing for 
leadership roles in public health nutrition that focuses 
on women and children and children with special needs. 

The MCHB also makes awards for short-term, non- 
degree related courses, workshops, and conferences, and 




for the development of curricula, guidelines, standards of 
practice, and educational tools designed to assure quality 
health care for the MCHB population. 




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Bureau of Primary Health Care 



The largest bureau within HRSA is the Bureau of Primary 
Health Care (BPHC). It provides support for high quality 
community-based preventative and primary care to medi- 
cally underserved populations, and to people with special 
needs. Major programs administered by this Bureau include: 

• The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), a program 
designed to provide financial assistance to health pro- 
fessions students, in exchange for service, after gradu- 
ation, in rural and urban health professional shortage 
areas. 

• The Community Health Center (CHC) Program, which 
makes grants to public and non-profit private organiza- 
tions for the development and operation of community 
health centers in areas that have limited access to pri- 
mary health care for a majority of the population. Typi- 
cally, the National Health Service Corps provides a sig- 
nificant number of the health care professionals to the 
CHCs. 

The Office of Minority and Women 's Health (OMWH), 
which was established to improve the health of the spe- 



cial populations targeted and served by the Bureau. One 
of the strategies projected to address health issues for 
these populations, includes: The Women's Primary 
Health Care and Job Training Linkage to Community 
Infrastructure Development, a collaborative effort with 
the Department of Labor to provide Federal support for 
programs that improve the health and employment sta- 
tus of low income or unemployed women. The OMWH 
also has responsibility for the HBCU Violence Preven- 
tion Demonstration Initiative, a program designed to ad- 
dress violence in public housing. 

The Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Program, 
seeks to improve access to primary health care and sub- 
stance abuse treatment by homeless persons. Awards 
are made to existing community based programs for 
the provision of effective and case managed primary 
care services. 

The Public Housing Primary Care (PHPC) Program, 
which is designed to improve the health status of pub- 
lic housing residents and to increase their access to com- 
prehensive primary care, either on site or at a nearby 
facility. 



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Migrant Health Centers (MHC) and the Migrant Health 
Program, which provide migrant and seasonal farm 
workers and their families access to comprehensive 
health care services. Medical care services are provided 
by bilingual, bicultural health care workers. Grants for 
the Migrant Health Program are awarded to over 1 20 
public and private non-profit organizations, providing 
funds for almost 400 MHCs in 35 States and Puerto 
Rico. 





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The HIV/AIDS Bureau 



The major responsibility of the HIV/AIDS Bureau 
(HAB) is to administer the Ryan White Comprehensive 
AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. This Act, which 
was signed into law in August 1990, is designed to improve 
the quality and availability of care for people with HIV/ AIDS 
and their families. Accordingly, programs are conducted by 
the Bureau to benefit low-income and underinsured individu- 
als and families affected by HIV/AIDS. These programs are 
administered under four titles and Part F of the CARE Act: 

• Title I, an emergency relief grant program for eligible 
metropolitan areas 

• Title II, provides HIV care grants to states 

• Title III, which supports early intervention services for 
HIV outpatients 

• Title IV, provides coordinated HIV services and access 
to research for pediatric cases and their families 



• Part F, which supports the Special Projects of National 
Significance Program; the HIV/AIDS Dental Reimburse- 
ment Program; and AIDS Education and Training Cen- 
ters. 

Award eligibility exists for all HBCUs in connection 
with the initiative of HAB for African American Popula- 
tions. HAB is especially interested in addressing HIV/ AIDS 
in rural African American populations. HBCU professional 
schools of medicine and dentistry are eligible to apply for 
the programs in Part F. Opportunities for awards may also 
exist under Part F for all HBCUs, through partnerships with 
their state planning councils. The Special Projects of Na- 
tional Significance Program makes competitive awards to 
non-profit organizations for demonstrations and evaluations 
of innovative models of HIV care. The AIDS Education and 
Training Center Program trains primary health care provid- 
ers, such as physicians, dentists, and nurses, in the care and 
treatment of persons living with HIV. The Dental Reimburse- 
ment Program helps dental schools with the uncompensated 
costs of providing dental care to HIV/ AIDS patients. 




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Components of the Office of the Administrator 



As earlier indicated, all units within HRSA report ei- 
ther directly or indirectly to the Office of the Administra- 
tor (OA). It is the responsibility of this office, therefore, to 
lead and direct the various HRSA programs and activities, 
and advise the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services on related policy matters. The OA also has pri- 
mary responsibility for coordinating HRSA's international 
health activities and managing the activities of the Agency 
which relate to women's health. To assist the OA in carry- 
ing out its responsibilities, the following Offices provide 
either administrative or programmatic support, especially 
as related to policy issues: 

• The Office of Minority Health (OMH), which serves 
as the principal HRSA advisor and coordinator for the 
special needs of minority and disadvantaged popula- 
tions. In general, the OMH plays a significant role in 
guiding or supporting a broad array of HRSA programs, 
including many aspects of the training of health service 



professionals, as well as the equity in accessibility, qual- 
ity, and the cost of health care. This office also has re- 
sponsibility for monitoring HRSA programs and activi- 
ties, in support of The White House Initiative on His- 
torically Black Colleges and Universities, as well as 
college and university initiatives for Hispanics, Native 
Americans, and Asian Americans and Pacific Island- 
ers. Given the many ways in which racial, ethnic, and 
cultural sub-populations are defined, the OMH is ulti- 
mately concerned with the specific health needs of all 
Americans. 

The Office of Communications (OC), which provides 
leadership and general policy, as well as program di- 
rection for HRSA, through the conduct and coordina- 
tion of communications and public affairs activities. In 
addition, all requests for HRSA documents through the 
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), including ex- 
amples of successful proposals, are processed by this 
office. 




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The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), though not an administrative component of the 
Office of the Administrator, is located within HRS A, and seeks solutions to the Nation's rural 
health care problems, on behalf of all DHHS. As such, ORHP provides advice to the Secre- 
tary of DHHS on the rural impact of policies set by the Department. The ORHP also has 
responsibility for the new Office for the Advancement ofTelehealth. 

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and Civil Rights, which coordinates, directs, devel- 
ops, and administers the Agency's equal opportunity and civil rights activities. This includes 
ensuring equality in employment opportunities; managing civil service complaints; providing 
guidance to training programs on equal opportunity; and promoting the award of contracts to 
minority business enterprises, under Section 8(a) of the Small and Disadvantaged Business 
Utilization Act. 

The Office of Planning, Evaluation and Legislation (OPEL), which serves as the 
Administrator's primary staff, and principal source of advice on program planning, program 
evaluation, and legislative affairs. Accordingly, OPEL has responsibility for reporting on the 
effectiveness of many of the programmatic activities within HRS A. Guidance and oversight 
are also provided by OPEL to HRSA projects which require clearances from the Office of 
Management and Budget. 



The Office of Management and Program Support (OMPS) has the responsibility for provid- 
ing leadership throughout HRSA, related to program direction and coordination of all phases 
of management. This includes activities in the areas of administrative management, financial 
management, human resources management, 
information resources management, grants 
and contracts management, and administra- 
tive services. 

The Center for Managed Care (CMC) is re- 
sponsible for assuring that the populations 
targeted by HRSA are informed and active 
participants in the Nation's managed care 
systems. The CMC offers a coordinated pro- 
gram, in conjuction with HRSA's bureaus and 
offices, of training, technical assistance, 
evaluation, policy leadership, and inter- 
agency collaboration, to managed care stake- 
holders. The CMC seeks to assure that an ad- 
equate supply of primary care personnel are 
appropriately trained to meet the managed 
care needs of underserved and vulnerable 
populations within the Nation. 




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Types of HRSA Awards 



There are three major processes used by the Health 
Resources and Services Administration in making awards 
to any organization that seeks funding from the Agency: ( 1 ) 
the Grant; (2) the Cooperative Agreement, and (3) the Con- 
tract. Following is a definition of each of these processes. 

Grants, the primary source of awards made by HRSA, 
are defined as financial assistance provided by a Federal 
agency to an eligible recipient or "grantee", such as an 
HBCU, to accomplish a public purpose or to provide ser- 
vices, considered to be in the best interest of the Nation. 
Grant funding is typically authorized by Federal statute and 
seeks to address programmatic and policy issues. Within a 
grant, HRSA defines the problem or contemplated project 
and respondents propose the scope of work necessary to 
solve the problem or complete the project. Thus, with a grant, 
the respondent outlines the steps necessary to complete the 
proposed project. Grants are awarded to those respondents 
which the Agency believes to have proposed the best way 
to complete the project. 

Cooperative Agreements are very similar to grants in 
that they are defined as financial assistance provided by a 
Federal agency. The application and award process is the 
same as for a grant. However, in a cooperative agreement, 
there is "substantial involvement" of HRSA during the per- 
formance of the contemplated project. HRSA will collabo- 
rate with the non-Federal organization in managing and 
completing the tasks associated with the project. 

The Contract is a mutually binding legal relationship 
which obligates a seller or contractor, such as an HBCU, to 
furnish supplies or services, and the buyer, such as HRSA, 
to pay for them. The two primary types of contracts are 
Simplified Acquisitions and Negotiated Contracts. The re- 
quirements for both of these type contracts, is outlined by 
HRSA in a Statement of Work, or Scope of Work. Accord- 
ingly, the Statement of Work provides the contractor with a 
detailed set of tasks, or specifications, and a timetable for 
completion of those specifications. Typically, HRSA indi- 
cates the need it has for the provision of services and prod- 
ucts, from a contractor, through what is generically called a 
solicitation. The most common types of solicitations are 
the Request for Proposals (RFP) and the Request for Quote 
(RFQ) or Request for Bid (RFB). The Statement of Work is 
contained within these solicitations. Announcement of the 



availability of an RFP or RFQ usually appears in the Com- 
merce Business Daily, a publication that also can be found 
on the World Wide Web, which lists for that day, the goods 
and services that are expected to be bought over a specified 
period of time. The RFP is usually associated with Negoti- 
ated Contracts, and the RFQ is more often associated with 
Simplified Acquisitions. In responding to either type of so- 
licitation, the contractor, such as an HBCU, must submit a 
proposal. For the RFP response, or proposal, it is com- 
prised of two components: (1) the Technical Proposal and 
(2) the Business Proposal. In the Technical Proposal, the 
Contractor is expected to present an understanding of the 
Statement of Work, a proposed technical approach to imple- 




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meriting the Statement of Work, a man- 
agement plan, and a presentation of the 
qualifications of those personnel who 
will perform the work. Evaluation of 
each submitted proposal is accom- 
plished by a Review Committee, com- 
prised of HRS A program personnel, and 
sometimes outside consultants. It is the 
responsibility of this committee to 
evaluate only the Technical Proposal, for 
its merit, based on an established set of 
criteria. In consultation with the Con- 
tracting Officer, the chairperson of the 
Review Committee selects the contrac- 
tor who submits the most cost-effective 
proposal. The Simplified Acquisition 
process allows HRSA to make small 
purchases that are under $ 1 00,000. This 
new dollar "threshold" replaces the pre- 
vious process for awarding small pur- 
chase orders, and was enacted under the 
Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 
1994. Thus, many program or contract 
officers may still refer to simplified ac- 
quisitions as the small purchase order 
process. It should be noted that only the 
Contracting Officer, and not the program 
staff of HRSA, or any government pro- 
gram staff, can commit a contract award. 
All contract actions involving the Fed- 
eral government, which includes the 
various types of HRSA solicitations, are 
governed by the Federal Acquisitions 
Regulations (FAR), which are presented 
in a series of volumes known as the 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). 



Select HRSA Awards to HBCUs 



Over the years, HRSA has provided support for a variety of programs that 
have enhanced the education and training of students and health care profes- 
sionals, who are committed to serving low-income and disadvantaged citi- 
zens. In recent years, HRSA has formed partnerships with HBCUs by devel- 
oping and funding projects in support of new and established programs at 
these institutions, which relate to the mission of the Agency. Additionally, 
HRSA has awarded grants to academic researchers which allow them to con- 
duct meaningful scientific and medical research, that will contribute to the 
quality of health care received by the Nation's vulnerable populations. The 
commitment of HRSA to HBCUs is exemplified in the following awards: 




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Alconi State University, was awarded a Professional 
Nurse Traineeship Grant, which allowed the institution 
to meet the cost of traineeships for individuals in ad- 
vanced degree nursing education programs. All of these 
traineeships were awarded to students pursuing gradu- 
ate degrees in the clinical nursing specialties. 

Florida A&M University (FAMU), received a grant to 
support Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, for 
the implementation of a program that would contribute 
to the diversity of the student and practitioner popula- 
tions within the health professions. The program mainly 
provided financial assistance to select full-time students 
enrolled in FAMU's School of Nursing. 

Hampton University, was the recipient of an Allied 
Health Project Grant to assist the institution in meet- 
ing the costs associated with expanding their programs 
designed to increase the number of individuals trained 
in the allied health professions. 

Howard University, was awarded a Physicians Assis- 
tants Training Grant, which allowed the institution to 
further develop and operate their educational program 
for physician assistants, as well as for individuals who 
might teach in such training programs. 

Meharry Medical College, was the recipient of a grant 
for the support of Interdisciplinary Training in Health 
Care for Rural Areas. This grant allowed Meharry to 
develop and implement a program designed to encour- 
age and prepare select students to enter into/or remain 
in practices in rural America, after their graduation. 

Morehouse School of Medicine, received a Graduate 
Training in Primary Care Grant, designed for health 
care professionals who are currently in practice, in an 
effort to increase their awareness and perpetuate the 
importance of serving in rural America. The program 
provided support for the education and training of these 
individuals. 

Tennessee State University, was awarded an Audiology 
and Speech Training Grant, which provided support for 
the preparation of professionals at Tennessee State Uni- 
versity and Vanderbilt School of Medicine, to meet the 
unique and special needs of mothers with communica- 
tive disabilities. 



• Coppin State College, was the recipient of a Health Ad- 
ministration Traineeships and Special Projects Grant, 
to develop and implement a program designed to assist 
eligible students in the preparation for employment in 
health administration, hospital administration, or health 
policy analysis. 

• Albany State College, received a grant for the develop- 
ment, operation, and significant expansion of a Nurse 
Practitioner/Nurse Midwifery Program. This grant sup- 
ported the education of nurse practitioners and nurse 
midwives for the provision of primary health care in a 
variety of settings. 

In addition to the select awards, described above, a sig- 
nificant number of HBCUs have received grants to imple- 
ment a Health Careers Opportunity Program. About six 
HBCUs since 1996, have been awarded grants to operate a 
Center of Excellence. 




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HRSA Resources and Contacts 



One of the major resources for HBCUs to learn about grant programs within HRSA is through the Preview. In 
addition to a comprehensive listing of HRSA competitive grants, the Preview provides detailed information on program 
objectives, funding priorities, applicant eligibility, specific requirements and application deadlines. It is published two to 
three times a year. Additional information about HRSA programs and funding opportunities are available at their web site 
on the Internet, <http:// www.hrsa.dhhs.gov>, and from the sources listed below: 



HRSA Headquarters 

Parklawn Building 
5600 Fishers Lane 
Room 14-05 
Rockville, MD 20857 
(301)443-2216 



Office of Minority Health 

M. June Horner, Director 
Parklawn Building 
Room 10-49 
(301)443-2964 
E-mail: jhorner@hrsa.gov 



The Preview 

l-(888) 333-4772 

Freedom of Information Act Office 

(301)443-3376 




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